Marine Transport Professionals control and manage the operations of ships, boats and marine equipment.

A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Workers are more likely to have a Vocational Education and Training qualification than a university degree. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks

  • directing fishing operations by using knowledge about the species sought, fishing areas, seasons and the capabilities of the vessel and crew
  • directing crew in catching fish, molluscs and crustacea at varying depths using nets, lines, poles, pots and traps
  • planning, controlling and coordinating the operational and maintenance requirements of a ship's propulsion and domestic plant and equipment
  • operating plant and equipment and performing routine maintenance on ship's systems including mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, steam generating, and fire prevention and control systems
  • controlling and directing shipping operations to ensure the safe and efficient loading and transport of cargo and passengers
  • ensuring compliance with regulations pertaining to safety at sea and protection of the marine environment
  • directing the activities of the deck crew for navigational support tasks, berthing and unberthing, maintenance, cleaning and painting of superstructures, and repair and replacement of defective deck gear and equipment
  • navigating a ship by supervising the ship's course and speed according to predetermined passage plans and safety procedures
  • examining and approving design plans of hulls and equipment such as main propulsion engines, auxiliary boilers and turbines, electrical power generating plant, refrigeration and airconditioning plant and pumping systems
  • conducting periodic surveys throughout a ship's life to ensure standards are maintained

Job Titles

  • Master Fisher
  • Ship's or Marine Engineer
  • Ship's Master or Captain
  • Ship's or Deck Officer
  • Marine or Ship's Surveyor
  • Other Marine Transport Professionals
  • Master Fisher

    Controls a fishing vessel and fishing operations to catch and preserve fish, crustacea and molluscs. Registration or licensing is required.

  • Ship's or Marine Engineer

    Controls and manages the operation and maintenance of a ship's plant and equipment. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Mechanical Engineering Officer (Navy), Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer (Navy)

  • Ship's Master or Captain

    Controls and manages the operations of a ship or boat. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Dredge Master, Ship's Pilot, Tug Master

  • Ship's or Deck Officer

    Navigates and controls the safe operation of a ship and supervises and coordinates the activities of deck crew. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Navigating Officer (Ship's), Seaman Officer (Navy)

  • Marine or Ship's Surveyor

    Surveys machines and hulls of ships to ensure they are constructed, equipped and maintained according to safety standards, rules and regulations laid down by marine authorities. Registration or licensing may be required.

  • Other Marine Transport Professionals

    Includes Boating Safety Officer, Marine Safety Officer, Vessel Traffic Officer. Registration or licensing is required.

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    decline
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    10500
  • Unemployment

    above average
  • Male Share

    98.9%
  • Female Share

    1.1%
  • Full-Time Share

    90.2%

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This is a small occupation employing 10,500 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
A fall in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Marine Transport Professionals work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Mining; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 39.6 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • The average age is 45 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 5 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • More than 9 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was above average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
20056700
20068900
20079600
20089300
200912200
20109200
20119500
20129200
201310900
20147500
201510500
20209900

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

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Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryMarine Transport ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
Full-time90.268.4
Part-time9.831.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)39.640

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Transport, Postal and Warehousing55.8
Mining12.4
Manufacturing8.9
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing8.5
Other Industries14.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateMarine Transport ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
NSW25.331.8
VIC11.525.5
QLD25.119.8
SA8.16.8
WA20.911.2
TAS4.72
NT41.1
ACT0.41.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketMarine Transport ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190-5.45.4
20-240-9.99.9
25-3420.5-23.423.4
35-4426.8-21.721.7
45-5427.7-21.121.1
55-5916.9-8.78.7
60-643.4-5.95.9
65 and Over4.7-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryMarine Transport ProfessionalsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males98.9Males53.6
Females1.1Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Workers are more likely to have a Vocational Education and Training qualification than a university degree. Registration or licensing is required.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Marine Transport Professionals who work well in a team, can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people and are reliable.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Transportation

    84% Important

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  2. Public Safety and Security

    75% Important

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  3. Law and Government

    68% Important

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  4. Mechanical

    67% Important

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  5. Administration and Management

    67% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Operating Vehicles or Equipment

    93% Important

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  2. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    88% Important

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  3. Controlling Machines and Processes

    88% Important

    Operate machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  4. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

    87% Important

    Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  5. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    83% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

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